Canada’s private equity market saw C$4.3 billion invested in 206 deals in the third quarter of 2021, according to a report issued this week by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. The activity brought the year-to-date total to C$13.2 billion invested across 584 deals. CVCA said the data suggest PE investment in Canada is on course to reach C$20 billion this year, with deals trending towards the highest annual number on record.
CVCA Q3 2021 YTD Private Equity Canadian Market Overview: Canadian PE Investment on Track for CAD $20B Invested This Year; PE-Backed Exits Performing at Pre-Pandemic Levels
TORONTO – November 26, 2021 – The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) today released its quarterly report focused on Canadian private equity (PE). CAD $4.3B was invested across 206 deals in Q3, bringing the year-to-date total to CAD $13.2B invested across 584 deals; trending towards the highest annual number of PE deals on record (661 deals in 2019).
Of the 584 PE deals that closed in the first three quarters of 2021, 84% of the deals with disclosed values were under CAD $25M. There were four mega-deals (CAD $500M+), all of which closed in Q2, accounting for 33% of total dollars invested year-to-date (CAD $4.4B).
The information communication technology (ICT) sector continued to lead in the third quarter, accounting for 23% of all PE investment activity and 25% of all dollars invested, an indication of the maturing of Canada’s tech sector. Investment in the financial sector only accounted for 4% of total activity, however, the sector experienced the third highest share of dollars invested, 17% or CAD $2.2B. The industrial and manufacturing sector remained steady with 20% of all PE activity (114 deals).
“We are on the journey through post-pandemic recovery,” said Kim Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, CVCA. “Some of the performance figures we’re seeing in Q3 are trending towards pre-covid levels. The consumer and retail sector, for example, has seen some significant investment growth, at almost five times the levels experienced since a low in 2018. The majority of PE investment so far this year was under CAD $25M – directly connected to our SMEs and demonstrating the critical role private equity plays in Canada’s recovery.”
2021 is on track to be the year with the most PE-backed IPOs on record and is already tied in second with 2017 with 5 IPOs overall. There have been 54 PE-backed exits in 2021 overall, with 35 M&A transactions and 14 secondary buyouts. 2021 is pacing well above pre-pandemic levels, with total activity in 2019 at 44 exits, but behind the all-time high set in 2017 at 151 exits.
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